Oil painting has been extremely popular in China for over a century. Thanks to the work of several generations of Chinese artists, it occupies a privileged place in the history of modern art in the country.

Famous oil painter Jin Shangyi is considered by many to be the man who began the process of converting foreign artistic language into Chinese artistic discourse. Her famous artwork “Tajik Bride” was immediately acclaimed for its haunting beauty when it was first exhibited in the 1980s. The mesmerizing image continues to leave viewers awestruck and spellbound. China Media Group’s “Fine Arts in China” documentary series showcases the eternal charm of Asain women through the painter’s master strokes and demonstrates the beauty of Chinese art to the world.

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Created in 1983, the oil painting “Tajik Bride” depicts an ethnic Tajik woman from Xinjiang dressed in wedding attire. In the play, the bride’s red dress seems to shake off the darkness, while half of her face is bathed in light, revealing a faint smile that expresses a mixture of modesty and her quiet expectations of a happy future. Jin’s skillful treatment of contrasting light – for example, highlighting the bride’s face and crimson sash against a dark background – shows the influence of classical foreign paintings he learned from museum visits to the United States and Europe in 1982.

“Tajik Bride”, an oil painting by Jin Shangyi. /CGTN

“Tajik Bride”, an oil painting by Jin Shangyi. /CGTN

As one of Jin Shangyi’s representative portraits, “Tajik Bride” has won the artist praise as a pioneer of Chinese neoclassical oil painting due to its mature techniques and unique artistic appeal. . This is due to the artist’s commitment to using the principles of classicism in achieving Chinese aesthetics. The composition stems from its geometric stability, while the lighting comes from a lateral angle. In addition, to outline the face of the bride, the painter used a series of stable triangles, and the brushstrokes meticulously create a sense of volume. On top of that, the precise and targeted application of paint slowly but deliberately achieves texture. The figure seems to emerge from the background with sculptural grace. Speaking about this work, Jin said what makes this painting so eye-catching is that it “offers a sense of peace, harmony, nobility and purity.”

Chinese oil painter Jin Shangyi. /CGTN

Chinese oil painter Jin Shangyi. /CGTN

Jin Shangyi’s artistic achievements are reflected in many of his portraits. Of all his works, those that capture people’s humanity best represent his artistic style. Jin once said that his dearest goal was to create an oil painting that evokes what he calls the spiritual essence of Eastern people. In the 21st century, his paintings have taken a new turn, with vibrant lines and bright colors. This reflects his constant pursuit of realism.

Details of “Middle School Girl”, an oil painting by Jin Shangyi. /CGTN

Details of “Middle School Girl”, an oil painting by Jin Shangyi. /CGTN

“Woman of the Dai Ethnic Group”, an oil painting by Jin Shangyi. /CGTN

“Woman of the Dai Ethnic Group”, an oil painting by Jin Shangyi. /CGTN

Jin Shangyi has been closely linked to the development of Chinese fine arts for half a century. For decades, the artist has explored new forms of oil painting. Although trends and fads come and go, he has always remained true to his ideals – painting his odes to humanity on canvas for all to admire.

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